Project Details

Biological control of the millet stem borer and the millet head miner in Niger and Senegal

Duration: 01/Apr/2014 - 22/Jul/2018

Locations: West and Central Africa / Niger / Senegal

Project contact: Dr Malick Niango Ba (

Donor: Academic institute eg university or college,Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab (SMIL) -The Kansas State University

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals

In this project from the Kansas State University Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab (SMIL) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, ICRISAT and its collaborators seek to develop technologies for controlling the Millet Head Miner (MHM) Heliocheilus albipunctella De Joannis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) and the Millet Stem Borer (MSB) Coniesta ignefusalis Hampson (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Improved management of these two key pests will result in increased pearl millet productivity in Niger and Senegal. The project will be implemented along with the University of Maradi/INRAN in Niger, ISRA-Senegal, Virginia Tech-USA, and the University of Florida-USA. The project is split into two components. Component 1 will significantly increase the ongoing mass rearing of the larval parasitoid Habracon hebetor Say (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and fine tune release techniques for improved control of the MHM. In addition, the egg parasitoid Trichogrammatoidea spp. (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) will be tested as a biological control agent of MHM. Component 2 will assess the availability of good egg parasitoid candidates to be used as biocontrol agents of MSB. Finally, the feasibility of establishing a cottage industry to rear parasitoids in the Sahel with particular attention to having those businesses owned and operated by individuals or groups of women will be tested.

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